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Acts 17 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:1 - Now when they had passed through Amphip'olis and Apollo'nia, they came to Thessaloni'ca, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:2 - And Paul went in, as was his custom, and for three weeks he argued with them from the scriptures,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:3 - explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ."

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:4 - And some of them were persuaded, and joined Paul and Silas; as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:5 - But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked fellows of the rabble, they gathered a crowd, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the people.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:6 - And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brethren before the city authorities, crying, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:7 - and Jason has received them; and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus."

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:8 - And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard this.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:9 - And when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:10 - The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroe'a; and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:11 - Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessaloni'ca, for they received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:12 - Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:13 - But when the Jews of Thessaloni'ca learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Beroe'a also, they came there too, stirring up and inciting the crowds.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:14 - Then the brethren immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:15 - Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:16 - Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:17 - So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:18 - Some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers met him. And some said, "What would this babbler say?" Others said, "He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities"--because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:19 - And they took hold of him and brought him to the Are-op'agus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is which you present?

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:20 - For you bring some strange things to our ears; we wish to know therefore what these things mean."

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:21 - Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:22 - So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-op'agus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:23 - For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:24 - The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:25 - nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:26 - And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:27 - that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:28 - for 'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your poets have said, 'For we are indeed his offspring.'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:29 - Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:30 - The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:31 - because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead."

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:32 - Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We will hear you again about this."

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:33 - So Paul went out from among them.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 17:34 - But some men joined him and believed, among them Dionys'ius the Are-op'agite and a woman named Dam'aris and others with them.

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